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2024 Spring Count

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The Spring 2024 Migration Count runs from March 6 to April 22 with observers at the Mount Lorette site daily. If interested in visiting the site we suggest that you visit after 3pm. We see the majority of migrating eagles later in the afternoon. This is the 32rd year of vigilant recording. Observation map. Thank you to the observers and count coordinators.

See the Spring Count 2024 Daily Summaries


Mount Lorette (19 Apr 2024) 15 Raptors

Mount Lorette
Alberta, Canada

Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 19, 2024
Species Day’s Count Month Total Season Total
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 0 0
Bald Eagle 2 21 80
Northern Harrier 0 0 0
Sharp-shinned Hawk 3 14 15
Cooper’s Hawk 0 2 2
American Goshawk 0 4 6
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 0
Swainson’s Hawk 0 1 1
Red-tailed Hawk 1 19 22
Ferruginous Hawk 0 0 1
Rough-legged Hawk 2 5 9
Golden Eagle 5 191 1776
American Kestrel 0 0 0
Merlin 2 3 6
Gyrfalcon 0 0 0
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
Prairie Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Accipiter 0 1 1
Unknown Buteo 0 2 4
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 1 14
Unknown Raptor 0 0 0
Total: 15 264 1937
Observation start time: 09:00:00
Observation end time: 16:00:00
Total observation time: 7 hours
Official Counter Annie Finch
Observers: Glenn Webber, Michael Yeoman

Visitors:
About 9 people stopped by to chat about the count.

Weather:
The morning started out at -4°C and rose to 1°C by 3:00 pm. Ground wind direction swung between SW and NE throughout the day, usually between 5 and 10 km/h. Ridge winds were difficult to judge, but seemed strong and steady from the north; many birds made headway with a combination of flapping and kiting/gliding into the wind. Scattered cumulus clouds in the morning and patches of cirrus cloud in the afternoon broke up the otherwise clear blue sky.

Raptor Observations:
Migrant Eagles 5 Golden Eagles: 4a, 1u 2 Bald Eagles: 2a
Other Migrant Raptors 1 Red-tailed Hawk 2 Rough-legged Hawk 2 Merlin
Non-migrant Raptors The resident raptors were quite active, with the Golden Eagle pair keeping us on our toes. Local Red-tailed Hawks, American Goshawk, and Bald Eagle also made repeated appearances.

Non-raptor Observations:
Very few other birds were around. The Fox Sparrow serenading us from across the river was a special treat.
1 Northern Flicker 5 Common Raven 3 Black-capped Chickadee 1 Mountain Chickadee 3 American Robin 3 Bohemian Waxwing 1 Fox Sparrow 3 Dark-eyed Junco


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Mount Lorette (18 Apr 2024) 3 Raptors

Mount Lorette
Alberta, Canada

Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 18, 2024
Species Day’s Count Month Total Season Total
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 0 0
Bald Eagle 0 19 78
Northern Harrier 0 0 0
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 11 12
Cooper’s Hawk 0 2 2
American Goshawk 0 4 6
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 0
Swainson’s Hawk 0 1 1
Red-tailed Hawk 0 18 21
Ferruginous Hawk 0 0 1
Rough-legged Hawk 0 3 7
Golden Eagle 3 186 1771
American Kestrel 0 0 0
Merlin 0 1 4
Gyrfalcon 0 0 0
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
Prairie Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Accipiter 0 1 1
Unknown Buteo 0 2 4
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 1 14
Unknown Raptor 0 0 0
Total: 3 249 1922
Observation start time: 07:00:00
Observation end time: 15:00:00
Total observation time: 7.67 hours
Official Counter Caroline Lambert
Observers: Glenn Webber

Visitors:
A few people walked by, but none stopped to talk.

Weather:
About 10cm fresh snow was on the ground on arrival at the site. The weather had finally cleared up overnight, but then gradually deteriorated as the day wore on. The temperature at the start of the day was -7C. It rose to a high of 1C and had dropped to -2C by departure time. Cumulus clouds gradually built up during the day from almost none to 100% coverage. By noon the higher peaks were coming and going behind clouds and squalls of snow. Ground winds were light from the east, while upper winds were low from a northerly direction. The count was terminated a little early when falling snow obliterated all the ridges.

Raptor Observations:
Only three migrant raptors were seen, all Golden Eagles (2sa, 1u). One subadult dove a few times on the sheep that were grazing high up on Nakiska, startling them, before moving off to the northwest. All three were seen on the west side of the valley.
An American Goshawk was heard calling in the morning. One adult Golden Eagle sat for a while on a rock near the grazing sheep, then took off to the northeast over the valley. Two adult Red-tailed Hawks were seen a couple of times at the north end of the valley. Later, three adult Red-tailed Hawks were seen interacting with each other between us and Mt Kidd. Eventually two moved off to the north of the valley, and the other disappeared to the south. We wondered if there was some territorial dispute going on.

Non-raptor Observations:
Compared with other days, there were not many non-raptor birds around: Canada Goose 2, Ruffed Grouse 1, Northern Flicker 1, Northern Shrike 1, Common Raven 7, Black-capped Chickadee 1, Mountain Chickadee 4, Golden-crowned Kinglet 1, Brown Creeper 1, European Starling 1, Varied Thrush 2, American Robin 1, Fox Sparrow 1, Dark-eyed Junco 2


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Mount Lorette (17 Apr 2024) Raptors

Mount Lorette
Alberta, Canada

Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 17, 2024
Species Day’s Count Month Total Season Total
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 0 0
Bald Eagle 0 19 78
Northern Harrier 0 0 0
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 11 12
Cooper’s Hawk 0 2 2
American Goshawk 0 4 6
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 0
Swainson’s Hawk 0 1 1
Red-tailed Hawk 0 18 21
Ferruginous Hawk 0 0 1
Rough-legged Hawk 0 3 7
Golden Eagle 0 183 1768
American Kestrel 0 0 0
Merlin 0 1 4
Gyrfalcon 0 0 0
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
Prairie Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Accipiter 0 1 1
Unknown Buteo 0 2 4
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 1 14
Unknown Raptor 0 0 0
Total: 0 246 1919

(No count conducted today)

Weather:
Continuation of poor weather conditions from yesterday resulted in no observation today.

Raptor Observations:

Non-raptor Observations:


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Mount Lorette (16 Apr 2024) Raptors

Mount Lorette
Alberta, Canada

Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 16, 2024
Species Day’s Count Month Total Season Total
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 0 0
Bald Eagle 0 19 78
Northern Harrier 0 0 0
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 11 12
Cooper’s Hawk 0 2 2
American Goshawk 0 4 6
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 0
Swainson’s Hawk 0 1 1
Red-tailed Hawk 0 18 21
Ferruginous Hawk 0 0 1
Rough-legged Hawk 0 3 7
Golden Eagle 0 183 1768
American Kestrel 0 0 0
Merlin 0 1 4
Gyrfalcon 0 0 0
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
Prairie Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Accipiter 0 1 1
Unknown Buteo 0 2 4
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 1 14
Unknown Raptor 0 0 0
Total: 0 246 1919

(No count conducted today)

Weather:
Low clouds and snow all day prevented observation again.

Raptor Observations:

Non-raptor Observations:


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Mount Lorette (15 Apr 2024) 2 Raptors

Mount Lorette
Alberta, Canada

Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 15, 2024
Species Day’s Count Month Total Season Total
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 0 0
Bald Eagle 0 19 78
Northern Harrier 0 0 0
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 11 12
Cooper’s Hawk 0 2 2
American Goshawk 0 4 6
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 0
Swainson’s Hawk 0 1 1
Red-tailed Hawk 0 18 21
Ferruginous Hawk 0 0 1
Rough-legged Hawk 0 3 7
Golden Eagle 2 183 1768
American Kestrel 0 0 0
Merlin 0 1 4
Gyrfalcon 0 0 0
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
Prairie Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Accipiter 0 1 1
Unknown Buteo 0 2 4
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 1 14
Unknown Raptor 0 0 0
Total: 2 246 1919
Observation start time: 09:00:00
Observation end time: 17:00:00
Total observation time: 7.23 hours
Official Counter Caroline Lambert
Observers: Lynette MacCulloch

Visitors:
A number of people walked by, but only four stopped to talk to us.

Weather:
The weather was warm and breezy, with no indication of the incoming storm. The temperature started at 6C, rose to 12C and was 11C when we left. The roughly 50% to 75% cloud cover consisted mostly of cumulus clouds moving quickly from the west. Ground winds were calm from the west to southwest in the morning and moderate in the afternoon, but few gusts were above 20kph. The ridges stayed clear all day. Ridge winds were probably not strong, but it was hard to tell with only two migrants spotted and no blowing snow.

Raptor Observations:
Only two migrant raptors were observed, both Golden Eagles (1a, 1j). The adult was seen soaring over Nakiska and then disappearing to the northeast. The juvenile was low on the east ridge, but nice to see as juveniles have been so scarce recently.
The usual crew of non-migrant raptors were seen periodically throughout the day – two adult Golden Eagles, two adult Red-tailed Hawks, at least one adult Bald Eagle, and one subadult Bald Eagle.

Non-raptor Observations:
A Fox Sparrow singing from the other side of the river was a nice start to the day. A Savannah Sparrow was another first-of-season bird. The non-raptor list:
Mallard 2, Ruffed Grouse 2 (Drumming), American Three-toed Woodpecker 1, Northern Flicker 1, American Crow 1, Common Raven 7, Black-capped Chickadee 1, Mountain Chickadee 1, Boreal Chickadee 1, Golden-crowned Kinglet 1, American Robin 11, Fox Sparrow 1, Dark-eyed Junco 8, Dark-eyed Junco (cismontanus) 4, Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon) 8, Savannah Sparrow 1

Predictions:
A snowfall warning for the area is a good indication there will be no observation tomorrow!


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Mount Lorette (14 Apr 2024) 15 Raptors

Mount Lorette
Alberta, Canada

Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 14, 2024
Species Day’s Count Month Total Season Total
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 0 0
Bald Eagle 2 19 78
Northern Harrier 0 0 0
Sharp-shinned Hawk 3 11 12
Cooper’s Hawk 0 2 2
American Goshawk 2 4 6
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 0
Swainson’s Hawk 1 1 1
Red-tailed Hawk 1 18 21
Ferruginous Hawk 0 0 1
Rough-legged Hawk 0 3 7
Golden Eagle 6 181 1766
American Kestrel 0 0 0
Merlin 0 1 4
Gyrfalcon 0 0 0
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
Prairie Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Accipiter 0 1 1
Unknown Buteo 0 2 4
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 1 14
Unknown Raptor 0 0 0
Total: 15 244 1917
Observation start time: 09:00:00
Observation end time: 16:00:00
Total observation time: 7 hours
Official Counter Jessica Banas
Observers: Allison Zukewich

Visitors:
There were about 22 visitors to the site who stopped by to chat throughout the day, with 3 who took some time to spot with us.

Weather:
Overall the weather was quite sunny and warm with a light clouds slowly covering more and more sky throughout the day – which made it challenging to find birds as they were often in and out of the cloud cover. The temperature started at 3C and rose to 13C. The winds on the ground were light and grew stronger throughout the day, primarily from the SW.

Raptor Observations:
It was a slow start for eagle migration today, not a single golden was seen until 1pm, when a local bird was seen on the west ridges. The first golden eagle migrants were seen just before 3pm, with a few more moving through in the same hour – but no further movement. For Golden Eagles there were 6 total (3sa, 1a, 2u). There were a number of Sharp-Shinned Hawks moving through the valley (1a, 1j, 1u), 2 Bald Eagles (1 sa3, 1 sa4), 1 Swainsons Hawk (1a), 1 Red-Tailed Hawk (1a), and 2 Goshawks (a). There were a few local Bald Eagles seen multiple times through the day, as well as a local Golden Eagle.

Non-raptor Observations:
It was very exciting to see two Comma Butterflies today! There was also another small, dark gray, unidentified butterfly seen. It was a lovely day for passerines, although the valley was quiet for most of the afternoon, the morning was fruitful: 2 Canada Goose, 2 Common Merganser, 1 Say’s Phoebe, 9 Common Raven, 5 Black-Capped Chickadee, 5 Mountain Chickadee, 3 Boreal Raven, 3 Tree Swallow, 3 Golden-Crowned Kinglet, 1 Red-Breasted Nuthatch, 6 American Robin, 15 Bohemian Waxwing, 5 Dark-eyed Junco, 1 Red-winged Blackbird, 1 Yellow-rumped Warbler.


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Mount Lorette (13 Apr 2024) 7 Raptors

Mount Lorette
Alberta, Canada

Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 13, 2024
Species Day’s Count Month Total Season Total
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 0 0
Bald Eagle 1 17 76
Northern Harrier 0 0 0
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1 8 9
Cooper’s Hawk 1 2 2
American Goshawk 0 2 4
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 0
Swainson’s Hawk 0 0 0
Red-tailed Hawk 0 17 20
Ferruginous Hawk 0 0 1
Rough-legged Hawk 0 3 7
Golden Eagle 4 175 1760
American Kestrel 0 0 0
Merlin 0 1 4
Gyrfalcon 0 0 0
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
Prairie Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Accipiter 0 1 1
Unknown Buteo 0 2 4
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 1 14
Unknown Raptor 0 0 0
Total: 7 229 1902
Observation start time: 09:00:00
Observation end time: 16:30:00
Total observation time: 7.58 hours
Official Counter Blake Weis
Observers: Lynn Macintosh

Visitors:
At least 60 visitors stopped to talk. 3 stayed for a bit to look for migrants.

Weather:
The temperature was 7 C at the start of observation, and it rose to a high of 13 by the end of the day. Ridge wind was strong from the WSW. Ground wind was blustery from the SSW, with a few gusts exceeding 30 km/h. Cloud cover varied between 40% and 75%.

Raptor Observations:
Migration was slow, despite what seemed to be favorable weather conditions. The count for the day was 4 Golden Eagles (2 sub-adults, 2 unaged), 1 immature Bald Eagle, 1 u Sharp-shinned Hawk, and 1 adult Cooper’s Hawk. All of them used the east ridges or valley. Their exact routes were variable but none were especially high.
At least one of the local Golden Eagles was seen several times, once displaying north of Hummingbird Plume Hill. A subadult Bald Eagle was hunting along the river near the site. One of the resident Goshawks was also seen.

Non-raptor Observations:
Other birds included: 2 Ruffed Grouse, 1 Hairy Woodpecker, 1 Northern Flicker, 2 American Crows, 6 Common Ravens, 2 Black-capped Chickadees, 4 Mountain Chickadees, 2 Boreal Chickadees, 2 Tree Swallows, 1 Ruby-crowned Kinglet, 1 Golden-crowned Kinglet, 5 American Robins, 30 Bohemian Waxwings, 3 Common Redpolls, 1 Dark-eyed Junco (cismontanus), 15 Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon), and 5 Dark-eyed Junco (unknown ssp.)


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